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Let's Put on a Show: A Guide to Fun and Fundraising for Your Com

Let\'s Put on a Show: A Guide to Fun and Fundraising for Your Com
Let's Put on a Show: A Guide to Fun and Fundraising for Your Community Organization
by Gail Brown and Colleen Schuerlein

Here is a fundraising book that incorporates the fun and excitement of live theater! Readers will learn how others have raised significant sums and created enduring community experiences by producing shows. Step by step, this volume covers everything needed to raise money by putting on a show: securing production rights; choosing material; selecting a venue; managing a budget; scheduling rehearsals; dealing with children onstage; using musicians, building sets; handling stage lights; publicizing a show; working with attorneys, accountants, and agents; and much more. Readers will learn how to save time, save money, and increase profits for their organizations and causes while having a great time. Anecdotes from producers, directors, and participants share the successes, failures, and near misses of those who have been there and a wealth ofresources for show management is provided. Anyone considering live performance as a way of raising money must have this comprehensive guide.


“In this information-packed guide to theatrical fundraising, all steps are included in a fun, readable book.”
—Lynn Sweat, Illustrator of the Amelia Bedelia series

“This detailed account of the journey from the first idea to the last curtain call is full of tips from the trenches.”
—Katia Bachko, Senior Editor, Dance Teacher magazine

“Imagine fun and fundraising that builds people as well as community; this book shows how.”
—Reverend Dr. Mary Manin Morrissey, Author of Building Your Field of Dreams and No Less Than Greatness




* Let’s Put on a Show
* Volunteers
* Choosing a Date and Venue
* Publicizing Your Fundraising Event
* Creating a Top-Notch Program
* Budget for Production
* Attorneys, Accountants, and Agents
* Musicians
* Construction, Lighting, and Sound
* Writing Your Script
* Choosing a Scripted Show
* Ideas for Acts in a Variety Show
* Costumes, Hair, and Makeup


* Auditions and Casting for a Variety Show, Scripted Play, or Musical
* Selecting, Sequencing, and Timing Acts
* Rehearsals
* 17. Children Onstage and Offstage


* 18. The Big Night
* 19. Dinner Theater, Raffles, and Auctions
* 20. Curtain Down

* APPENDIXES [FROM ML: See query on page 208]
* Appendix A – Checklists
* Appendix B – Sample Forms
* Appendix C – Rules for Auctions
* Appendix D – Recommended Reading


6 X 9, 208 pages; Softcover
ISBN 1-58115-442-9
Publication Date: June 2006

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